Monday, 31 May 2021

I have never been leader of the party Ndoma-Egba refutes claim on C'River APC leadership

Sen. Victor Ndoma-Egba a one time lawmaker who represented Cross River Central Senatorial District in the Red Chambers of the National Assembly has finally aired his views concerning an unverified publication in a local blog that he claims to be the leader of the All Progressives Congress in the state. 

In a rejoinder signed by Mr. Sunni Udeh, Media aide to the former lawmaker, he refuted the claim that he had insisted in being the leader of the party in the state, despite the governor's defection into the party, stating that such stories are frivolous and laughable and can only be described as the handiworks of enemies of the party.

Ndoma noted that it is public knowledge that he was never in contention with anybody for the leadership of the party even before the entrance of the governor into the party. He further wondered why anyone would want to paint him as a man who is struggling for relevance.

The release reads in full: 


Our attention has been drawn to a mischievous publication on some online platforms wherein Distinguished Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, CON, SAN, was quoted as declaring himself the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River State, while reacting to the defection of His Excellency, Senator Prof. Ben Ayade, Governor of Cross River State to the APC yesterday.

We will ordinarily ignore this obviously mischievous attempt at portraying Sen. Ndoma-Egba in bad light but for the possibility of some readers being misled by the author and sponsors of the publication. Clearly, the objective is to paint the Senator as someone struggling for relevance and  unhappy with Gov. Ayade's entry into the APC, both of which are very far from the truth.

To set the records straight, Sen. Ndoma-Egba issued a written statement personally signed by him yesterday, congratulating Gov. Ben Ayade for his bold decision to join the APC and welcoming him with open arms. That statement was widely published in the media, including AIT,  Guardian, National Compass, Watchman Magazine,, etc.  For the avoidance of doubt, he did not grant any oral interview to any media organization.

It is public knowledge that even before the entry of Gov. Ayade to the APC, Sen. Ndoma-Egba was never in contention with anybody for the leadership of the party in Cross River State. Instead he has always advocated teamwork, inclusiveness, and internal democracy as the pivots on which any successful political party stands. His interest remains contributing to building a stronger and vibrant APC that will deliver the dividends of democracy to Cross Riverians in particular, and Nigerians in general.

In case the authors of the frivolous publication do not know, it is standard practice in party politics to have a sitting Governor as the leader of the party in the State. Cross River State is not an exception to this rule and Sen. Ndoma-Egba clearly knows and supports this position.

Finally, Sen. Ndoma-Egba reaffirms the message of congratulations he issued yesterday to welcome Gov. Ayade to the APC and will work with the Governor to position the APC and Cross River State on the path of sustained growth and development. 

Sunny Udeh
Media Manager to Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba